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April at Powell Gardens: The season of a million blooms starts NOW!

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt, April 4
The Easter Bunny visits Powell Gardens on Saturday, April 4, during a Chris Cakes pancake breakfast, followed by a traditional Easter Egg Hunt on Powell Gardens' rolling lawns. Breakfast seatings are available at 8:45, 9:30 and 10 a.m. Prices include participation in the egg hunt, which begins promptly at 11 a.m. Additional activities such as painting flower pots and face painting are available for a small fee. To make reservations and see full details, visit www.powellgardens.org/Easter.

Easter Brunch at Cafe Thyme, 11 a.m. or 1 p.m. April 5
Reserve your spot for brunch with prepaid reservations at powellgardens.org/Easter or by calling 816-697-2600 x209. Brunch price includes all-day admission to the Gardens.

BLOOM! A Celebration of Spring in the Gardens with free Shakespeare performance
Powell Gardens’ extensive collection of flowering trees typically hits peak bloom in mid-April and in 2015 visitors can enjoy the height of the season with a performance of Romeo & Juliet to Go (an abbreviated version of the classic) by the Heart of America Shakespeare Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 11. All visitors may bring lawn chairs or blankets and enjoy the show. 

Members of Friends of Powell Gardens may take exclusive tours of the production greenhouses earlier in the day. Reservations are required at powellgardens.org/FriendsEvents or by calling 816-697-2600 x209. To join Friends of Powell Gardens, visit www.powellgardens.org/join.

Celebrate Earth Day with FREE Admission, Wednesday, April 22
Discover ways to make earth-friendly changes to your own little piece of the planet during Earth Day festivities at Powell Gardens on Wednesday, April 22. You’ll find all kinds of great ideas for small changes or projects that are kind to Mother Earth. Visit the workshop space in the Missouri Barn to explore a gallery of repurposing projects. Demonstrations planned for the day include how to make a Mason bee hive and more.

Visitors also can learn about Powell Gardens' Legacy Tree program and take home a free tree seedling (while supplies last). April is a perfect month for tree planting and the trees propagated through the Legacy Tree program are proven performers for the Kansas City area.

Orchid Weekend, April 25-26
Members of the Orchid Society of Greater Kansas City will be on site from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day to share their enthusiasm and knowledge of these exotic beauties, which remain on display in the tropical atmosphere of the conservatory through May 10.

Fresh Bites in the Heartland Harvest Garden
Visit the nation’s largest edible landscape to gather fresh inspiration for things you can grow and eat at home. Set on 12 acres, the Heartland Harvest Garden includes more than 2,000 types of food plants to show everything one can grow and eat in this region. Garden Interpreter Barbara Fetchenhier will whet your appetite during “Fresh Bites,” seasonal demonstrations that cover everything from growing edibles to upcycling. These talks typically take place at 2 p.m. on Saturdays in the Missouri Barn and are included with regular Garden admission. Check the calendar at www.powellgardens.org/FreshBites for details.